Metroidvania

Description

Metroidvania is a portmanteau of Metroid and Castlevania and refers to games that feature the most distinctive gameplay concept of the Metroid games and later Castlevania games. Games of this genre feature a freely explorable world that is gated in content by specific abilities that need to be acquired by the player. Generally these game have a central hub from which the player can move to various interconnected levels which gradually unlock as the player acquires new skills. A large number of Metroidvania games use a side scrolling perspective like the games the name derives from but this is not a requirement. Top-down or bird's-eye view (e.g. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or 3D games (e.g. Batman: Arkham Asylum) can also share these concepts. Metroidvania games usually feature mild RPG elements such as upgradable health.
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Owlboy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2017), Windows (2016) and Macintosh (2017)

Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As the rap-style manual explains, this traditional platform game sees Panama Joe attempting to collect treasure from Montezuma's Palace, by...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

After the unconventional side-scrolling and 2D platforming that was Super Paper Mario, the Paper Mario series returns to its roots...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Pitfall II: Lost Caverns PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

You play Pitfall Harry searching for the Raj diamond, his niece Rhonda, and a variety of treasures somewhere in the...

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

You play as Pitfall Harry, intrepid adventurer on a mission to rescue an archaeological expedition that has gotten lost in...

Windows (2012)

You're just walking along, seein' how your 12-gauge looks in t'moonlight, like, when Gamey accuses you of poachin'! Then, to...

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night Linux Front Cover

Linux (2016) and Windows (2015)

Porradaria 2: Pagode of the Night is the follow-up to Porradaria Upgrade. Unlike the previous game it has more of...

Powerslave DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

In this First person shooter, you're an armed forces specialist sent to investigate strange happenings at the ancient Egyptian city...

Prince of Persia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Prince of Persia once again resets the timeline of the series and marks the start of a new trilogy with...

Rad Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1988)

As Tal, your job is to single-handedly clear out the aliens who have invaded a desolate and destroyed post-nuclear earth....

Rain Blood Chronicles: Mirage Windows Front Cover
Rambo NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

John Rambo is a Special Forces solder that is currently spending time in military prison, well until Colonel Trautman decides...

Robot Exploration Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

After the dust from the 3rd world war had settled, a space station was found orbiting Saturn. A scientist, member...

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Rush'N Attack: Ex-Patriot is the sequel to Rush'n Attack and the third main game in the series, following the arcade-only...

Rygar NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1987)

This version of Rygar is quite different from the arcade original and its ports, though it shares the same basic...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Based on the Cartoon Network animated series, Samurai Jack has been sent to another place in time by his nemesis...

Scurge: Hive Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

When bounty hunter Jenosa Arma takes on a mission to investigate Planet Inos, a research center investigating an alien lifeform...

NES (1991)

You have become separated from your fellow soldiers. You thought the men approaching you were your rescue but they were...

Windows (2003)

Seiklus is an exploration/adventure game, exploration being the key element. Your goal is to find your lost girlfriend while collecting...

Shadow Complex Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Shadow Complex follows the main character Jason Fleming and his girlfriend Claire in their fight against an organization called the...

Shadow Complex: Remastered Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), Windows Apps (2016), PlayStation 4 (2016) and Xbox One (2016)

Shadow Complex: Remastered is an enhanced version of the 2009 Xbox 360 title Shadow Complex. It has the full original...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In this game you play Yoh Asakura from the Shaman King Japanese Manga and TV Anime series. Yoh is a...

Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Sequel to the original Shaman King: Master of Spirits, you once again take the role of Yoh Asakura as you...

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